Guest Information

Day of Ceremony

Guests should go directly to the commencement seating area in the stadium and be in their seats 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. Please note: seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The commencement ceremonies begins promptly at 10a.m. and 3p.m.

The Event Staff will direct guests to the various seating areas. Please inform a member of the Event Staff of any need for disability accommodations.

Guests are not permitted in the graduates' seating area during the ceremony. It is suggested that you make arrangements to meet your graduate after the ceremony in a pre-arranged location.

Guests are asked to remain at their seats until the commencement ceremony is concluded and all graduates have left the seating area.

Guests should keep in mind that this is an outdoor ceremony with no shaded areas. They should be prepared both for heat and inclement weather.


Tickets are required for each guest in Freeman Stadium. For ticket information, please consult the main Commencement page.

Disability Accommodations

Tickets are required for each guest in Freeman Stadium, including people with disabilities. For ticket information, please consult the main Commencement page.

Sign Language Interpreting: This is provided for individuals with hearing impairments who use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication. Guests should inform event staff of the need to sit in the area with sight access to the interpreters.

Assistive Listening Devices: These are available for check-out to people with hearing impairments. Guests who want to borrow a device please contact Student Disability Resources (831.582.3672 or prior to May 18th or 19th to coordinate pick up e.g. at the ADA seating area of the Freeman Stadium the day of the ceremony before 9:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 2:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremonies.

Reserved Disability and Impairment Parking: Parking for those with valid DMV Disabled Person’s Parking Placards or Plates is located near the main entrance to the Commencement parking area. A valid DMV Disabled Person’s Placard or License Plate will be required to park in this Reserved Disability and Impairment Parking Area along with a Commencement Parking Permit. Students with guests who need seating in the Disability and Impairment Seating Area instead of General Seating are encouraged to obtain ADA tickets in Advance from the Campus Service Center. Please read details at the Ticket Link. Limited seating for people with disabilities and impairments will be available without ADA tickets. Please let event staff know of your needs at entry points to the graduation ceremonies.

Drop-Off Tent and Cart Transport: Those with impairments can be dropped off at a tent in the Disability and Impairment Reserved Parking Area. Please notify event staff in the parking area if cart transport is needed to the Disability and Impairment Seating Area. For those needing assistance traveling via carts, there may be a delay of up to 45 minutes at peak times during the day. Please plan accordingly.

Unlike the stadium bleachers, the Disability and Impairment Seating Area does not have stairs to navigate. To better help you plan your route of travel, please reference distances of travel, below.

Distances of Travel For Guests:

  • Disability and Impairment Drop-off Area to the Disability and Impairment Seating (mid-point) = 859 feet
  • Disability and Impairment Seating Area (mid-point) to Disability and Impairment Bathroom (located behind Stage on track) = 317 feet
  • S. Gate #2 to the Disability and Impairment Seating Area (mid-point) = 662 feet

Distances of Travel For Graduates:

  • From soccer field to Gate #2 (for Procession) = 1,075 feet
  • From Gate #2 (for Procession) to Student Seats = 662 feet
  • Seating area to stage, across stage, and back to seating area = 320 feet-Seating and Alternate Viewing Areas

General admission seating is available on a first come, first-served basis. Seating for people with disabilities and mobility challenges is available without reservations.

Alternate seating and viewing areas for guests with disabilities and impairments is available on the ground level of the stadium. This seating provides for a limit of three guests or attendants accompanying the ADA guest with a disability. Other guests must be accommodated in the general admission seating areas in stadium bleachers.

An alternate viewing area with a live broadcast will be offered in the World Theater. The World Theater is approximately a mile from Freeman Stadium; note construction road closure on Divarty Street. No special permits or notifications are required, and seating is available on a first come, first-serve basis. Please let event staff at your entry points know of your destination.

Request Accommodations: CSU Monterey Bay is committed to providing access to all with, or without, advance notification. However, for full consideration of your needs or those of your guest/s, please contact Student Disability Resources (831.582.3672) or email and also complete the Commencement ADA Request Form.

Commencement ADA Request Form

For Commencement programs in an accessible format for use of screen readers, please email After we reply, please know that we welcome your feedback!

Commencement Guest E-News

Alternative viewing site

Alternate viewing areas will be available at the World Theater. This venue offers indoor viewing on the big screen. No tickets are required at off-site viewing locations. The ceremony also will be broadcast on campus cable channel 72 and via the Internet (link will be provided closer to the event).

There will be a drop-off location on Divarty in front of the library.

Lost and found

Found articles will be held at the Alumni Association booth on the day of Commencement. They will then be taken to the University Police Department located on Intergarrison Road. If you become separated from your child, please contact a member of the event staff or a police officer. Lost children will be immediately escorted to the Medical Station, where they will be supervised until reunited with their guardian.

Medical station

The Medical Station is located at the west end of the stadium and will be clearly marked.

Where to stay

For local hotel discounts visit Hotelstorm.

Please contact the CSUMB Alumni Association or 831.582.4723 for the access code.

Directions and parking

Driving Directions

From Highway 1 Northbound Take the CSUMB exit onto Lightfighter Drive. Turn left onto General Jim Moore Boulevard. University Police Department personnel will direct you to available parking lots.

From Highway 1 Southbound

Take Imjin Parkway exit 408, turning left onto Imjin Parkway at the stop light. Turn right onto Second Avenue. University Police Department personnel will direct you to available parking lots starting at the intersection of Second Avenue and Inter-Garrison Road.

From Reservation Road

From Reservation Road, turn onto Imjin Parkway. Turn left onto Second Avenue. University Police Department personnel will direct you to available parking lots starting at the intersection of Second Avenue and Inter-Garrison Road.


We have more information regarding commencement parking needs, including permit requirements, commencement parking locations, shuttle service, and disability accommodations associated with parking needs.


  • As you enter the CSUMB campus, vehicles will be routed to avoid traffic backups.
  • Please do not park in the shoulder areas off of Lightfighter Drive. This is federal property and you will be ticketed.


Guests are requested not to stand in the aisles, sit in stairways or block the view of others for the purpose of taking pictures. Guests will not be allowed on the stadium track or field during the ceremony to take pictures. After the ceremony there will be ample opportunity for personal photography.

As a service to students and their families, a commercial photographer will take pictures of each candidate crossing the stage and proofs of the pictures will be sent to each graduate at no charge and without obligation. Pictures may then be ordered as desired.

Any person who attends an event, conference or other program sponsored by California State University, Monterey Bay grants the university permission to record his or her visual/audio images, including, but not limited to, photographs, digital images, voices, sound or video recordings, audio clips or accompanying written descriptions, and, without notifying such person, to use his or her name and such images for any purpose of CSU Monterey Bay, including advertisements for CSU Monterey Bay and its programs.

Pets and Smoking

Please, no smoking. No pets will be allowed in the stadium except for service animals specifically trained to assist individuals with disabilities.


Restrooms are located at the south end of the Field House, at the west end of the stadium floor and in the Meet and Greet area, located outside the entrance gates. Each area has wheelchair-accessible restrooms.